Directly subscribing to podcasts

A major frustration I have as a fan of the podcast technology is that most podcasters assume that I am going to listen through a website. What I want to do is have Amarok is download episodes for me.

To save other listeners from this frustration I am going to instruct you on how to find the appropriate RSS feed for podcast hosted via libsyn.

  1. Go to the archive page of the podcast’s website
  2. Look the address that the Direct Download link points to
  3. If it is something like traffic.libsyn.com/showname/episode.mp3 this tutorial is applicable.
  4. Enter into your podcast client showname.libsyn.com/rss where showname is the variation on the relevant podcast’s name from step 3

If I figure out the formula used by another syndication company I will write a follow up to this post.